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Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.
EDNESDAY NIGHTS you can
venture into a refreshing aspect
of college life still in its natal stages:
Ann Arbor's stand-up comic forum,
Laugh Track. Initiated two years ago,
Laugh Track has allowed amateur fun-
ny-men from about the campus to step
in front of an audience and begin the life

of a comedian. Fpr $1.50 at the U-Club
you can watch them.
The comedy wave sweeping the coun-
try is exemplified by the comedy
awakening here in Ann Arbor. In fact,
the two newest additions to UAC's
repertoire of events and programs have
both been comedy related and both
have been well received: Laugh Track
and Sunday Funnies. Alan Blum, Laugh
Track's director-in-chief, claims that
his show averages 250 people a night -
consistent- sell-outs. Jayne Harper,
UAC's president, does not see the
comedy wave subsiding. " The bottom
line is student support," says Harper.
"As long as students keep supporting
Laugh Track like they have, UAC will
continue bringing it to the U of M."
The bottom line in watching Laugh
Track is that the show is funny. The
everning opeps with host Dave

Dlugopolski, who, armed with a boyish
face and a clever array of witticisms,
paves the way for his comedians. Not
all the comics are Richard Pryors, but
even when the performer lacks the
jokes or the talent, the crowd is quick to
come to the rescue.
Clearly a large part of Laugh Track's
allure is the magic between the audien-
ce and the comedian. The audiences
seem determined to have a good time
whether the performers were funny or
dry. They are quick in making their
own laughs where the comedians were
lacking.,
A definite highlight of past evenings
was comedian Marty Abramson.
Abramson easily controls the audience
moving from his explanation of the true
meaning behind Dr. Seuss' book Hop on
Pop to an impression of Newlywed
Game host Bob Eubanks. Understan-
ding the importance of the audience-
comedian relationship, Abramson often
opens himself up to questions from the
crowd, impressing them with his quick
retorts and verbal wit.
Every evening ends with a comedy
professional doing anywhere from 45
minutes to an hour and a half of
comedy. Most of these comics are
talented locals from the Midwest, yet
Blum hinted that a big name comedian
might make anaappearance during the
winter term.
By the time the headliner gets the
microphone, the crowd is sufficiently
inebriated and, consistent with the
smoke-filled atmosphere, the room
more closely resembles a stereotyped
night club. Blum held that these stand-
ups do not come to Ann Arbor for the
money, but for the exposure and the
guarantee of a full-house. Tim Lilly, a
past headliner, says he wishes he could
come to Ann Arbor more often, but
"realizes the limitations of laughter.'
Though the crowds have been good,
Blum indicated Laugh Track could be
facing a talent drain. With six or seven

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